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Commented On: Why Silicon Valley Venture Firm Kleiner Perkins Bet On Fisker, Not Tesla


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Fisker burned about a billion developing a somewhat half baked car based on third party technology while Tesla spent a lot less than that on an award winning product with lots of proprietary technology in it.

Seems to me a lot of things went wrong on Mr. Lane's watch.

Commented On: 2014 BMW i3 Range Extender: Heavier, Less Electric Range, Less Performance


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I agree that a bigger battery is the more elegant solution. However: even the weight of the range extender in extra battery capacity would only add ~16KWh which would get you less extra range than the range extender solution while adding probably double the cost of the range extender.

It's all about striking a balance.

Commented On: Tesla In China: Promised Land, Huge Risks...Or Both?


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What risk? Worst case scenario is disappointing sales but the Model S is far too much the sort of automotive gadget the Chinese rich are likely to pick up in droves for that to be a likely scenario.

The knock off risk argument makes no sense. What's stopping the Chinese from buying a Model S in the US, cart it off to the motherland and reverse engineer it? Nothing except in practice it's not that easy to translate the findings from a stripped high-tech product like this into a comparable product. So it seems to me that Tesla and the Chinese government need each other; Tesla needs favourable terms for market access and the Chinese need companies with the technology that could help them solve their oil dependence/pollution problems some day

Commented On: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Full Details And Images Released


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Actually imperial units are used in the UK and many countries in the former British sphere of influence like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. The US uses a system that is derived from it but has some differences that are important for the topics of this website, mainly a different definition for measure of volumes of fluids. E.G.one US gallon is~3.78 litre; an imperial gallon is~4.54 litre.

Commented On: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Full Details And Images Released


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@Brian: I like the idea but BMW presumably doesn't have a clever low cost battery architecture like Tesla does so I think even +8KWh would cost more than the range extender and it would add only ~30 miles of range.

Commented On: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Full Details And Images Released


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If I look at the Volt's cargo space between the high floor line and the low roof life I see room for one large suitcase. Apparently that works for some people but personally I feel the Volt offers the interior space of a coupe: 2+2+room for very little luggage.

Commented On: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Full Details And Images Released


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Guess you own the Tardis edition...

Commented On: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Full Details And Images Released


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I wouldn't take a Volt on vacation. Nowhere to put the luggage and it can't tow anything. That's kinda my point: if you are going to do a car that's mostly useful for light regional duty more EV range +limp home makes more sense than serious long range capability.

Commented On: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Full Details And Images Released


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Pretty quirky, pretty expensive and pretty average EV range but also pretty special, clever design, cutting edge engineering and with an interesting range extender option.

The concept of the EREV variant makes more sense than that of the current market leader, the GM Volt IMO: better electric range combined with limp home range extender fits the desire of many Volt owners to use their car primarily as an EV using the ICE only sparingly. Also the modest size range extender allows for something the Volt lacks: serious interior space. Of course it also beats the Volt in the sticker shock department.

Commented On: Cash Prize For Tech To Reduce Oil Use From DC Lobbying Group


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$125,000...I wonder how many zeros the oil industry would be willing to add to that number if it was to make a counter offer.
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